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My roommates and I hardly ever go a full day without playing MarioKart64! The multiplayer versus races are by far the best feature, in my opinion. The cup races are fun for a short time, but they get old pretty fast. If you play with others who've played many MANY times, the challenges never end! Hone your green shell sniping skills and set banana and fake item box traps in strategic locations (especially on ramps).
For those of you new to MK64, there are 8 drivers to choose from: Toad, Yoshi, Princess Peach, Mario, Luigi, Wario, Donkey Kong, and Bowser (my personal favorite). There are 4 cup series you can race in--Mushroom, Flower, Star, and Special--and each contains 4 tracks. To win a cup series you must place first in overall points at the end of the 4 races, with 9 points for first, 6 for second, 3 for third, 1 for fourth, and 0 for fifth-eighth. This is just like in the original Mario Kart for Super Nintendo (which is also awesome!).
For multi-player (2-4), you have the option for multiplayer cup racing (just like single player cup racing, but you compete against your friends as well as the CPU drivers), multiplayer versus racing, and battle. As I've already mentioned, I personally feel the multiplayer versus option is by far the best. It's fun to challenge your friends and see who's the best. Plus it's a great way to pass the time. Multiplayer battles are fun too, but not as good as in the original game. You still have 3 balloons circling your kart, and each time you get hit you lose a balloon. One place where MK64 differs from the original MarioKart is the first player to lose all his/her balloons then transforms into a bomb kart, which can drive around, run into another player, and detonate. It serves as a good way to get revenge on whoever killed you.
All in all, MarioKart64 is a great game to play if you're looking for something fun to play with a group of friends. We've even set up full on tournaments with bracket systems and everything. Lots of fun. This game never gets old!
Mario is back in this awesome racing game!! it features Mario of course and other well known Nintendo characters!! this game is so much fun to play!! call me old fashioned but I love the older video games!! this game has awesome graphics and cool racing action!! it offers a number of different courses to test your driving and racing skills on!! this game is a must have for anyone who owns a Nintendo 64!! five stars!
This is one of the best multi-player games of all time. Mario Kart 64, like its predecessor for the super nintendo, features a race and a battle mode. There are 16 race courses and 4 battles courses. My friends are divided as to whether race or battle mode is better. I know some people who prefer the cute graphics and handicapping that allows players of different levels to compete on race mode, and people who love the cut-throat hair-on-edge feeling of a good battle. In any case, the game works as before, where the screen divides into 4 quadrants and each player controls his player in his quadrant. The usual cast of characters is
here again, Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Toadstool, etc.
I think the handicapping is a little too prounounced in race mode. That is to say, if you get really far ahead of the pack, the powerup's you start receiving are terrible, like green turtle shells or banana peels. I know I know, the banana peel can be a lethal weapon, but only because if some does fall for a banana peel, the sheer hilarity of watching that guy sputter out of control and start cursing the living daylights is worth it. But here's the thing. If you are way in last place, you'll find yourself getting infinite mushroom after infinite mushroom, and pretty soon you're neck and neck with the first place guy. What this means is the way you drive for the first 3 laps doesn't really matter. So I feel like it disincents people from taking the race seriously the whole way through, and what ends up determining the winner is who is in 3rd place on the final lap and in a position to get the next infinite mushroom. On the flip side, is you can play with anyone, expert of beginner, and keep it interesting. That
can be nice if you have friends with lives who don't spend every hour trying to nail the shortcut in koopa beach, but want to be able to enjoy the wonders of rainbow road.
Battle mode is arguably how this francise made its name, and in 64, Nintendo ups the ante with multidimensional battle courses that span the highly claustrophobic (sky tower) to the cavernous (doughnut) to the labyrinth (the green level) to the all out jungle warfare (blockfort). The great thing about these levels is they offer something for everyone. If you are looking for a quick game before heading off to dinner, you can choose doughnut or the sky tower. If you are looking for all out combat, and don't mind a 30 minute
dogfight, you have blockfort and the green level to choose from. Each of these levels is so physically different that it affords so many different strategies for beating your opponents. I mentioned how funny it is when one of your friends slips on a banana peel in race mode. Well in battle mode, it is a hundred times funnier, since that means they lose a balloon and are much closer to defeat.
There is so much memorable stuff from this game, from racing backwards on the highway against traffic to morphing into a bomb once you are defeated in battle mode. From the golden age of the 64, this is a must have for any one who loves a good multiplayer game.
The first of the Mario Kart series to introduce the 'power slide' maneuver, this 1997 (1996 in Japan) successor to the widely-popular Super Nintendo original has been considered among the best, if not the best, game of the franchise.
One of many incredibly-successful Mario games for the N64 (others include Mario Tennis, Mario 64, Mario Party(ies), Mario Golf, Dr Mario 64, Paper Mario, and a cameo in Super Smash Brothers) that, like its cousins, featured excellent multi-player action. Mario Kart 64 has excellent combat and racing modes, and is the first of the saga to allow you to race against your 'ghost' in Time Trial mode.
The only qualms I have with this game are that you cannot save your ghost data (or any other 'record' data) without having a little N64 memory device plugged into your controller. This isn't really a problem with the game itself, just how most N64's save their data (sucks). Playability wise, this game gives hours upon hours of entertainment, and revolutionizes a lot of the original steering/sliding/combat techniques used in all later versions.
This is the classic racing game. This was a game I had been wanting for a while and was finally able to get it now that I am old enough to buy on eBay. Everyone should own this game. It is not nearly as complex as the games that are being released today and that is what makes it so special. It is easy to learn and just about anybody with two hands can play it. Anyone who plays one race will want to play another and another. Even my sister, who never plays video games, really enjoys this one. It is the perfect game for parties or a get together. Just hook up four controllers and let anyone race.
This game my favorite race game of all-time. This game has many different tracks to choose from that vary from the mountains to the ocean/beach to the city. There is about 8 different characters that you can pick from. While racing you can get fireballs and other special weapons to help you beat the other players. Every game is different and anyone can win any single race which is what makes this game so fun. This game should be approved for all ages as there really isn't any type of violence besides shooting coconuts at the other cars...LoL - Gene
ONE OF THE BEST RACING GAMES/GAMES OF ALL TIME...IT KEEPS MY CHILD HOOD ALIVE....GREAT MEMORIES, FUNNY, GREAT GRAPHICS, SOUND, MUSIC, WELL THOUGHT OUT, EASY TO DRIVE AND LEARN, FUNNY VOICES, SO MUCH TO DO...IT RARELY GETS BORING...THE WHOLE GAME SERIES IS AMAZING...THIS IS THE 1ST ONE THAT IS GOLD...THE SNES ONE IS OK BUT THIS GAME AND THE ONES AFTER THIS ARE MUST HAVES...
This is a perfect game that you can play by yourself and with friends. There are different characters and different race tracks to pick from. The game also has on it time trails (It's kinda freaky when you race your "Ghost". Ghost is you from the previous time you did). The battle part is so much fun! You try to shoot balloons off your enemy before they get your ballons. They have different tracks on that also that you can pick from. If you like Mario and racing games, this is perfect for you! It's just an all around fun game to play. Plus its great for any age.
This game is a riot! All four of us get to play and you can place all players on one screen in a quad. Great Action and many secret bonuses! You will spend hours as the time goes bye real fast!
Mario Kart 64: also known as the ultimate game for any party. There are 8 different characters you can choose to play -- all of which are popular Nintendo mascots. Different players have different properties depending on who they are. For example, Bowser has slow acceleration, but can bump around people easily due to his massive size. There are 20 different courses -- 16 different racing courses and 4 different battle courses. In race mode, your must complete 3 laps in that course the fastest in order to win. However, in Battle mode, you must fight against the other players in order to win. Items can be obtained during a race that can be used to your advantage. For example, Turtle Shells can be used to throw at enemies, while Mushrooms can be used for a temporary speed boost. It's an extremely fun racing game with lots of comic mischief, making it one of the most fun games on the N64, and a MUST for any party.